2016 Gamay Noir Sandstone Vineyard

Aromas of raspberries, cherries, toast and vanilla with notes of charred rosemary and leather

$29.95

TASTING NOTES

Bright garnet in the glass with intense aromas of raspberries, cherries, toast and vanilla with notes of charred rosemary and leather. Medium bodied with flavours of fresh cherries and oak with fine ripe tannins, bright acidity and a refreshing but savoury finish.

Decant and serve in large Burgundy-style glasses, slightly cool (18-20oC).  Excellent served alongside classic Bistro fare, grilled or roasted poultry and red meats, game, lightly smoked meats and semi-firm cheeses. Unlike many wines made from Gamay, this powerfully structured version will reward cellaring for up to 10 years with a cornucopia of new aromas and mellowed textures.

WINEMAKING NOTES

Sandstone is one of the top Gamay vineyards in the Niagara region if not the country. Planted in 1983 with a rare, old clone of Gamay Noir, the Willms family manage this special vineyard with a minimal interventionist approach utilizing cover crops between rows, low yields and integrated pest management techniques. Four Mile Creek is one of the hottest, sunniest sub-appellations in Niagara. This combined with the dry, crumbly, Sandstone loam soils and old vines ensures serious ripeness and remarkable power in every bottle of our Sandstone Vineyard Gamay.

Hand-harvested in late-October and early November at an average of 21.2 brix. Crushed and destemmed before cold soak, fermentation and maceration in stainless steel over 14 days. Combination of free run and light press juices add both delicacy as well as colour and tannin extract to the wines. 100% malolactic fermentation with ageing in 25% second use and 75% third and fourth use French oak barrels for 12 months.

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TASTING NOTES

Bright garnet in the glass with intense aromas of raspberries, cherries, toast and vanilla with notes of charred rosemary and leather. Medium bodied with flavours of fresh cherries and oak with fine ripe tannins, bright acidity and a refreshing but savoury finish.

Decant and serve in large Burgundy-style glasses, slightly cool (18-20oC).  Excellent served alongside classic Bistro fare, grilled or roasted poultry and red meats, game, lightly smoked meats and semi-firm cheeses. Unlike many wines made from Gamay, this powerfully structured version will reward cellaring for up to 10 years with a cornucopia of new aromas and mellowed textures.

WINEMAKING NOTES

Sandstone is one of the top Gamay vineyards in the Niagara region if not the country. Planted in 1983 with a rare, old clone of Gamay Noir, the Willms family manage this special vineyard with a minimal interventionist approach utilizing cover crops between rows, low yields and integrated pest management techniques. Four Mile Creek is one of the hottest, sunniest sub-appellations in Niagara. This combined with the dry, crumbly, Sandstone loam soils and old vines ensures serious ripeness and remarkable power in every bottle of our Sandstone Vineyard Gamay.

Hand-harvested in late-October and early November at an average of 21.2 brix. Crushed and destemmed before cold soak, fermentation and maceration in stainless steel over 14 days. Combination of free run and light press juices add both delicacy as well as colour and tannin extract to the wines. 100% malolactic fermentation with ageing in 25% second use and 75% third and fourth use French oak barrels for 12 months.

Appellation

VQA Four Mile Creek

Vineyard

Sandstone Vineyard

Grape Variety

Gamay

Brix at Harvest

21.2

Alcohol Content

12.5%

Residual Sugar

3 grams/Litre

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Reviews

90 Points -- Michael Godel -- Wine Align

“In classic Sandstone fashion you are kept perched upright upon your toes with this lofty gamay. The tonality is up there with the best and the curious, pitched intense, tangy, sweetly sour and blessedly volatile. Blame it on youth or the boogie, whatever suits your needs, but note how this dances on the tongue and trips the senses fantastic. Some will find it woolly sour while others will dig deep into the intensity, perhaps even with a knife and a fork. Drink 2020-2024. Tasted February 2019. ”